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BFF19 Opening Night Film: ANGRY INUK
04 November 2016


  On October 14, 2016 we were honoured to open the 19th Annual Barrie Film Festival with the powerful Canadian documentary Angry Inuk; and so privileged to have Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Aaju Peter travel from Nunavut, Iqaluit to introduce the film and then give us their time for a post film Q&A. Gracious, kind, and strong in their convictions, […]

31 October 2016


The 19th Annual Barrie Film Festival began with a special private event for our supporters, the amazing Sponsors and Volunteers who truly keep BFF running. We cannot thank them enough for all that they do; without them we would not be able to deliver such an incredible depth of Canadian and International film programming throughout the year. […]

06 September 2016

BFF19 – Short Film Competition

  It’s hard to believe it has been almost 12 months since we last gathered for the Barrie Film Festival! BFF19 is just around the corner and it promises to be another incredible 10 days of film and events. One of the most eagerly anticipated is our Short Film Competition and Showcase.   It’s an […]

National Canadian Film Day
20 April 2016

5 Great Films You Might Not Have Known Are Canadian…

The Canadian movie industry has been churning out terrific films since the early days of cinema; cutting edge flicks like David Hartford’s Back To God’s Country and Nanook of The North (the first feature length documentary) were both produced and shot here in Canada.   Over the decades, Canuck filmmakers and producers have continued to impress audiences with innovative […]

19 April 2016

Five Influential Canadians in Film

    Influential Canadians in the film industry are a fact of life in Hollywood these days, with the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling regularly headlining critical and commercial successes.   Yet those A-Listers (and most of Hollywood) owe quite a bit to the talented Canucks who came before them; many of […]

12 April 2016

April 20 is National Canadian Film Day!

PRESS RELEASE   NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY – APRIL 20th, 2016 BFF Screening of “Being Canadian”   April 12, 2016   BARRIE, ON – On April 20th, at 7 pm, the Barrie Film Festival will screen BEING CANADIAN at the Barrie Uptown Theatre, participating in a one-day, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian film.   The Barrie […]

29 February 2016

The Barrie Film Festival & The 88th Annual Oscars

  Congratulations to all nominated, and all winners at this year’s Academy Awards!   The Barrie Film Festival has always endeavoured to feature the most engaging and interesting films in Independent cinema, from Canada and around the world. Proudly associated with The Film Circuit, the Toronto International Film Festival’s outreach programme, we have access to an […]

26 February 2016

3 Forgotten Best Picture Winners (you should watch)

    Quick quiz! Which movie won the Best Picture at last year’s Oscars? How about the year before that? In 2008? (Gold star if you knew them by heart….answers below for the rest of us.   Despite the buzz Oscar nominees generate while their movies are in theatres and the hype leading up to […]

12 January 2016

7 Docs 3 Days: A Reel Stories Preview

For three days you can escape the cold winds that blow off Kempenfelt Bay, exist in time suspended and immerse yourself in seven captivating documentaries that explore a multitude of themes including powerful courage, poetry, music, survival and obsession.     Reel Stories is dedicated to presenting socially-conscious documentaries and fact-based films focussing on current issues in the […]

30 December 2015

We Love Our BFF Volunteers!

The Barrie Film Festival simply would not be able to grow and expand our diverse offering of film programming without the incredible volunteers we have supporting us. We are fortunate to have 98 vibrant and dedicated volunteers; for this we are very thankful!   In 2015 we hosted 156 public screenings and special events for a total attendance of 13,661 film lovers. It’s […]